While I have seen many U2 shows, my first 18+ show at Avalon (used to be on Landsdowne Street in Boston) was to see the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Up to that point my music tastes were around U2, REM, and classic rock bands from the late 60's and early 70's. I had a niche. I stuck to it. At the behest of my good friends from high school I was told to "branch out" and come with them to see the show. I was a little nervous at first being that this was what I'd call a real alternative show. Here I was, a simple preppie kid from the suburbs and did I also look the part.
The show? It blew my mind. I didn't know that there could be that many layers in a live show and how the entire audience moved (and moshed) in unison with every ska beat. But the more important things was that it opened my ears to a wider variety of music than I had ever encountered. It was something that led to talking with my friends about other bands they were listening to that I hadn't heard of. Bands from the early 80's and the influencers of my favorite bands like U2. My music collection began to expand to include all these new groups and genre's.
Sometimes it takes one moment or show to open your ears to what is possible for music. I never learned to play an instrument but from this show I was able to be a quality listener to music and how the various sounds work together in harmony.
Also this album would look good next to my Zoo TV North American Tour (Spring 1992) announcement record!